COLUMBIA — A legislative committee is debating a bill that would prohibit any state money from being used on sexual reassignment surgery for inmates.

Under current policy, the South Carolina Department of Corrections is obligated to pay for hormonal treatment and surgery for inmates who come into the prison system somewhere in the sex-change process.

A Senate subcommittee on Thursday is talking about a bill that would overturn that policy by taking public money out of the equation.

Corrections officials say they don’t think any inmates have ever gone through sexual reassignment while in prison. Agency spokesman Clark Newsom says only one inmate has asked for the surgery but changed his mind after counseling with a psychologist four years ago.